Sun, 29 January 2017 Disappearing Migrant
Past lessons about the need for humanity and empathy erode under the force of belligerent selfishness.
Based on ‘Migrant Mother’ (1936) iconic Depression era image by photographer Dorothea Lange, who met Florence Owens at Nipomo, California.
Sun, 01 January 2017 parade your glorious bones
[Shipwrecked, Polish American String Band Division, at Mummers Parade on New Year's day 2011, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - photographer: Carol M. Highsmith.]
So you’re a skeleton. Grab your gaudy glad rags and celebrate your pirate past.
Dance. Rattle. Shake. Imitate the life you once possessed.
Your damned style outshines the costumes of the living.
2017: the year to [...]
Wed, 21 December 2016 Solstice salute
After the long, dark night the light returns, and grows.
Mon, 03 October 2016 Think of A City: we live side by side with the past
Some time ago artist Alison Sampson asked me to be part of her and Ian MacEwan’s on-going project: Think of a City: a mass storytelling project ‘to experience this city of the imagination, told page by page, by storytellers from around the world.’
Artist and writers are matched up and given time slots in which to [...]
Sun, 01 February 2015 keeping your ink bottle stable
Today is #Hourlycomicday, and I decided to join in (not hourly) to oil my rather rusty art skills. It’s good to shake things up, and as a writer of comics it also forces me to consider different ways to construct stories, and how to write scripts for an artist’s viewpoint.
Mostly, I used the experience [...]
Mon, 27 January 2014 Paper Crannóg at NINE
On Saturday evening I attended the launch of the NINE exhibition in the Galway Arts Centre. It was originally installed in The LAB Gallery in Foley Street, Dublin last summer, and this was its début in the West of Ireland.
The artists’ brief for the exhibition was to reflect in their artwork something about how it [...]
Wed, 08 May 2013 Róisín Dubh issue 3
Here’s something to cheer my heart, the cover of Róisín Dubh, issue 3, drawn by Stephen Byrne.
This issue should be released by Atomic Diner in the next month or so. It will be great to have all three issues out.
Fri, 20 January 2012 starfarer
And then there are days when words don’t describe it.
So I do this instead.
Mon, 09 May 2011 a busy period
I’m coming into a busy couple of weeks and I’m unsure of how much time I’ll have to allocate to blogging.
While there is a certain requirement these days for people to blog/tweet/etc. on a regular basis, it does impinge upon my allotted ‘free’ time. Over the coming two weeks that free time is shrinking considerably [...]
Thu, 14 April 2011 Gothic sacraments
This is an image from my visit to the Cathedral de Mallorca in Palma city in February.
Technically, I was being rather naughty taking this image, but I couldn’t help it when it came to this startling section of the Cathedral, which is the Chapel of the Holy Sacrament.
I have a thing for massive, elaborate Gothic [...]